Social Progress Watch 2015 Country Report | Austria

Austria has a robust labour market with a low unemployment rate, it provides high quality health care and social services, and it offers a comprehensive education system. However, the strong performance of these services is diminished by the vulnerable position of older workers, disadvantaged students, women, people with disabilities, and people with a migrant background. While at first glance Austria is performing well in terms of achieving its national Europe 2020 targets, SOLIDAR’s Austrian members have pointed out that this apparent success hides the fact that these groups consistently underperform as a result of inefficiencies found within the Austrian labour market and education system. Little progress has been made on this front. Despite taking some makeshift measures, the government has yet to develop and implement truly comprehensive strategies to tackle these issues.